29 Sep Access Your Calendar’s Potential — Take Back Your Life
I don’t know about you, but I’m often the last one to take time out for me. I’d go all day and take care of things that I thought ‘had to be done’.
Before I used my calendar to record everything, I’d let a lot of things slip. I rarely left time between appointments and I was often late (even if just by minutes) to my next meeting.
One day a fabulous time manager taught me how to change that. Now, my calendar keeps me credible. It keeps me moving forward. I have no excuses except for when I choose not to check it — which is no longer an option!
I began calendaring everything. Yep, even exercise and me time. I set aside travel time, including time to and from meetings, and boom — I’m actually there on time.
Here’s how I do it.
- Set aside 30 minutes every week to get everything down on your calendar.
- Mark out time to respond to email, and most importantly, include accurate time for work projects.
- Check your calendar once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once before bed.
- Allow your calendar to be the driver for your actions. In other words, instead of getting distracted with reading and responding to emails which can suck time, calendar-in your email time and stick to that time slot.
- Be flexible. Any new routine takes practice. By managing your time differently, you’ll spend fewer minutes of your day getting more accomplished.
This makes an incredible difference in my day. Not only does my calendar serve as my go-to source for coordinating my life, but it’s also my instant butt-kicker.
Seriously. Choose a timekeeper you can access from anywhere like Google Calendar. Use whatever works for you. Write in your life, as much as you can.
Last but not least, don’t forget to mark-in time important time for you – exhale, meditate, and allow yourself to dream!